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A lot to A.N.S.W.E.R. for
Jerusalem Post ^ | May. 1, 2003 | Edward Grossman

Posted on 05/05/2003 11:12:38 AM PDT by yonif

Israel-bashing figures prominently in 'teach-ins' where San Franciscans seek a flavor of the Vietnam era

Let's admit it - San Francisco is gorgeous, and deserves its name as the capital of resistance to what the US is trying to do in the Middle East. After all, while other places from coast to coast had rallies and marches before and during Operation Iraqi Freedom, only there were thousands "hauled off by the pigs" for blocking the financial district, and only there was there a rally and march almost every Saturday for weeks and weeks until Saturday, April 19.

But were all the local protesters hung up on the Zionist conspiracy? No, I can report they weren't. Sure, among the placards bobbing and waving in the Civic Center and up and down Market Street you saw the occasional "Free Palestine!" or "It's not about oil, it's about Israel!" There was also an individual dressed like Uncle Sam carrying a flag on which the 50 stars had been pasted over with Stars of David. And so?

Even at a "teach-in" held by A.N.S.W.E.R. at the Horace Mann school in the Mission on the 19th, just one "workshop" out of five was devoted to Israel, Palestine, Zionism, etc. Teach-in? During the Vietnam war that's what they called it when experts gave marathon lectures to students and the public on what really was going on and what had to be done.

A.N.S.W.E.R.? That's an acronym for Act Now to Stop War & End Racism, the Marxist-Leninist outfit behind those demos nationwide.

The Mission? A Mexican village plunked into the city with a good sprinkling of Anglos either too broke to live elsewhere or charmed by the feel of the barrio.

Horace Mann? Dead Anglo educator, 1796-1859. Anyway, Horace Mann's auditorium was two-thirds full and draped with the banners, "US out of the Middle East!" and "Workers and oppressed peoples of the world unite!" The latter saying is Lenin's, but it wouldn't be right to dub the people who'd come "useful idiots," as he of course dubbed liberals who helped his party.

Most of your attendees were hard-Left. So there were Birkenstocks, flannel shirts, keffiyehs, no Armani, little if any Botox. Whether Anglos - this includes most people of Jewish background now - or Latinos or Blacks or Palestinians, they'd gathered when the US had won the military phase of the war and the question was and is if the movement A.N.S.W.E.R. put itself at the head of by organizing 24-7 is going to last or evaporate.

The main pre-workshops speech was given by A.N.S.W.E.R. higher-up Richard Becker. He repeated what everybody knew - the US slaughter of the Iraqis wasn't just for the fun of it, but to snatch oil, benefit Halliburton and grow the empire.

Yes, the millions who rallied worldwide had failed to stop aggression, he said. But the Iraqi people - those not slaughtered - were demanding the US get out, and as the US does nothing of the kind the antiwar, anti-imperialist movement at home will flourish. Just don't lose heart! And don't be suckered by any Democratic, liberal, mainstream politicians who'll try to co-opt it, said Becker. All the great victories - unions, civil rights, Vietnam, women's and gay and lesbian rights - were thanks to non-mainstream folks.

HE THEN explained why Palestine is so important. Without destroying Palestinian resistance to Israeli oppression, the Bush cabal won't be able to realize its goal of subjugating the Middle East. That's why it lets Sharon do what he does. So far, unlike in the rest of the world, many elements in the US have shied away from the issue. This is wrong and must change! Justice for Palestine! Yes to self-determination! No to racism! Loud cheers.

Next, before the workshops, everyone shmoozed in the corridors, and grazed the refreshments table with its organic apple juice and homemade walnut-oatmeal cookies. You could eat and drink, and if you wanted, donate a buck or a penny. I noticed a friendly man selling books like The Communist Manifesto, and the newest Gore Vidal, plus works on the Middle East by Edward Said, Noam Chomsky, Israel Shahak, Benny Morris. The atmosphere was depressed, committed, upbeat, paranoid, relaxed.

All this was happening in a public school in the barrio on a day when the kids and teachers were missing. Nothing gleaming about it, but nothing vandalized either. You have the usual rows of lockers with their usual combination locks, the flags of all the countries south of the Rio Grande, handmade posters. For example: "I Have the Right to Be Happy and to Be Treated With Compassion in This School. This Means No One Will Laugh at Me or Hurt My Feelings." A message to students? Teachers? Who knows?

The workshops: The United States and the Middle East in Historical Perspective; Driving Forces of US Foreign Policy; Targets of US Aggression; The War at Home; US, Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Movement. Your reporter chose the last. We sat in this big circle in one of the classrooms. Everyone was on an equal footing, and it didn't matter if A.N.S.W.E.R. cadre made their statements first, dotting Becker's i's and crossing his t's before the masses had their say.

A movie star-handsome, American-born son of Palestinians explained how Israel functions as the ultimate manifestation of US imperialism. Then came a woman A.N.S.W.E.R.-ite who said she worked at the Rainbow Grocery and was organizing to have Israeli products removed from its shelves. A few of the groups on board were: American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee-SF, Jews for a Free Palestine, Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism (QUIT) and Global Women's Strike. It's a women's issue, she said, because of the systematic rape of Palestinian women and girls by Israeli settlers and soldiers. To label a boycott anti-Semitic is to mix Zionism up with the Jewish people, which nobody decent would do. And so the floor was thrown open.

BUT WHY single out Israel? asked a Jewish male. Sure, God knows Israel's not perfect, but there are lots of imperfect countries. Why boycott Israel?

He got answers from both rank-and-file and cadre. A South African woman who identified herself as the child of Jews who'd known anti-Semitism in Europe said Israel deserves to be singled out because of the abominations it carries out with US funding. Somebody else pointed out that the Zionist state is uniquely illegitimate. And a young woman of color who'd be pretty if she wasn't so angry related to the Jewish fellow's meat-headed question by noting that Zionism is racism and the divestment-from-Israel campaign has to be considered in the same light as the very effective boycott of the old South Africa.

These answers were summed up by the workshop leader, a male Anglo cadre with a great big old tattoo on his arm. He said that Israel was born in and lives on ethnic cleansing. The antiwar movement has neglected spotlighting this. But it's not too late. And so it went.

The near-unanimous idea was that Israel is racist, monotheistic, fascist. Never mind the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Since a Jewish state ipso facto can't help being racist, and since, as one person said, there's nothing worse than racism, the solution isn't two countries but one. The Zionist state has to be replaced by something where ethnicity and religion don't matter. I say near-unanimous because as everybody was agreeing, the Jewish fellow responsible for that idiotic question was shaking his head.

And then a fellow of color, who turned out to be the son of a Moroccan Jew and a Parisienne, and who has the gentlest eyes, unloaded his own moronic question: If Israel goes, won't the Jews who've suffered throughout history be denied their legitimate right to self-determination? Groans.

One Palestinian-American - not the hunky one - said to murmurs of "that's right" that the Palestinians had nothing to do with the Holocaust and to chuckles that the Jews ought to have their state in Germany or Texas. Whereas the Hunk explained that while Jewish suffering touched him it didn't furnish a license for racism. The Zionist state has to go.

It was at this point that a non-cadre Anglo with a voice like a foghorn brought up the Zionist conspiracy. He reminded everybody that Nancy Pelosi, the San Francisco liberal Democratic congressperson, had nixed any discussion of whether the Zionists were behind the war. That's how powerful the P.N.A.C. is. P.N.A.C.? The Project for a New American Century, a bunch of Jewish, er, Zionist neoconservatives like William Kristol who dominate the media, the Pentagon, the State Department and the White House and make sure the Israeli angle's kept hidden.

It took the French ambassador to London to ask the question: "Why go to war for this shitty little country?" Again, unanimity, except for that pair of head-shaking Jews, and maybe a cadre in glasses and Brooks Brothers jacket. While it was plain to him that a Zionist conspiracy was behind the war and the US occupation of Iraq, and that no amount of suffering can justify ripping off another's land, and that Israel is racist and disgusting, yes, while all that's plain, he had to take exception as an Afro-American to the French ambassador's words. "Shitty little country" was too much. And so it went.

THE ONLY confused goy was the Anglo who tried to frame a question about suicide bombers. He, like, didn't understand why they had to do that. Patiently various cadre and others explained it to him. When facing the world's fourth largest army, what choice do the Palestinians have but to turn their bodies into missiles? It's like the French resistance to the Nazis. The Hunk said it best: It's not for anyone in quiet San Francisco to judge what modes of resistance people under Israeli oppression choose. Whatever they choose is right. Our job is to support them.

As the first word had been the Hunk's so was the last. The name of the game is human rights, he told the circle. Human rights versus racism. We have to keep plugging away at that, repeating and repeating it, driving it home so more and more Americans understand.

When our session ended I buttonholed Foghorn to ask if he thought the Elders of Zion are behind the Project for a New American Century, The man is actually quite nice. He told me he'd never read The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, that the only copy he has is in Spanish, and he doesn't know Spanish, and then went farther - he told me he'd heard The Protocols were a forgery and he doesn't really believe in conspiracies. It's more of a hobby than anything else. Once it was the JFK assassination. Then it was the Trilateral Commission. Now it's the P.N.A.C. You see, it's like this... A nice man, not a genuine nudnik, just a little hard to shake once you get him talking, which is easy. I did shake free.

The climax in the auditorium when the other workshops let out was entitled "Next Steps for the Antiwar Movement." You'll forgive me if I didn't sit in on it. How good the sunshine of the Mission was! And yet, Comrade Becker is right about one thing: It's early days. What the hard Left dreams of may come to pass and Iraq's Shi'ites, having been liberated, may start blowing up GIs, Marines, Americans in general. That's what Lebanon's Shi'ites did to the IDF after they'd been liberated. In fact, that's what they did to 243 "peace-keeping" Marines in Beirut one Sunday morning 20 years ago, inspiring Reagan to get out double-quick. George W. Bush won't be able to leave at the first sign of a quagmire, having vowed to create a New Middle East.

May I be frank? I worry that if a quagmire develops A.N.S.W.E.R.'s prayers will be answered, the demos will resume in force and the mainstream will be open to questions about whose idea this was in the first place.

Worrying maybe unnecessarily, I hurried to the Rainbow Grocery - very organic, not cheap, guarded by schnorrers with Dixie cups - and purchased a bag of what I was told was Israeli couscous.


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1 posted on 05/05/2003 11:12:38 AM PDT by yonif
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To: yonif
Just another good reason for the good people of America and California to boycott San Francisco.

The city is going bankrupt. Lets help them on the way by not going there on vacation or business. When du Mayor Brown became mayor even my very seldom visits to the city stopped.
2 posted on 05/05/2003 11:17:42 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: yonif
Horace Mann's auditorium was two-thirds full and draped with the banners, "US out of the Middle East!" and "Workers and oppressed peoples of the world unite!"

Wait a second, since when did anyone from the ANSWER crowd actually work?

3 posted on 05/05/2003 11:29:35 AM PDT by Dengar01
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To: yonif
Another glimpse into the minds of the anti-war protesters.

Frightening how much they consider themselves to be morally superior and enlightened. Like they are adults speaking to children. Monstrous hatred for all things Jewish. (And they don't even have the gonads to just come out and say it.)

After all, they are the ones combating racism, not the ones promoting it. Heaven forbid they say anything racist. /sarc

4 posted on 05/05/2003 11:29:58 AM PDT by scan59 (CNN Lies)
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To: yonif
I for one hope we have learned our lesson. If attacked, you fight back until your attacker is lying lifeless before you. President Bush made it plain last week that a clerical government wasn't going to be acceptable in Iraq. It isn't acceptable to me either. We'd be better off occupying the place indefinitely. People better understand that we are in the fight NOW. It is best we finish it NOW. Putting it off or pretending otherwise won't do anyone any good.
And it would not be a bad idea to keep a watch on InternationalANSWER. They are enemies of this country.
5 posted on 05/05/2003 11:37:57 AM PDT by thegreatbeast (Quid lucrum istic mihi est?)
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To: Grampa Dave
I'm interested in their funding of "anti-war" protests. Was money laundered through Galloway donations or similar?
6 posted on 05/05/2003 11:44:12 AM PDT by Shermy
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To: yonif
HE THEN explained why Palestine is so important. Without destroying Palestinian resistance to Israeli oppression, the Bush cabal won't be able to realize its goal of subjugating the Middle East. That's why it lets Sharon do what he does. So far, unlike in the rest of the world, many elements in the US have shied away from the issue. This is wrong and must change! Justice for Palestine! Yes to self-determination! No to racism! Loud cheers.

In effect, the lunatic left has adopted a Domino Theory (like Vietnam) that requires them to support Palestinian arabs in order to prevent Western imperialism's relentless expansion.

I guess they don't realize that they have been outflanked in Iraq by American-imposed democratization.

7 posted on 05/05/2003 11:45:31 AM PDT by Piranha
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To: Shermy
Absolutely, the financing of ANSWER will hopefully come out. If financed by blood money from Iraq, the leaders of Answer should be sent back to Iraq to stand trial by the new free Iraqis.

Then, any street thug who got money from ANSWER to march, protest or whatever, should be turned into the IRS and state finance tax boards for income tax evasion.
8 posted on 05/05/2003 11:50:27 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: yonif
Every morning, first thing, I squeeze one Jaffa white grapefruit and drink it down and praise the lord and pray for Israel. Luckily the lunatic fringe stays in Sanfran and a few other bohemian-hip locations while the rest of us can get on with the tough job of living and making this planet a truly more livable place.

I have only one question:
while the hebrew prophets a.n.s.w.e.r. to G-d's call, who are these atheist a-holes answering to?
9 posted on 05/05/2003 11:55:19 AM PDT by Ippolita (Si vis pacem para bellum)
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To: Grampa Dave
The Reds are trying to destroy our form of government and they aren't picky about who they're friends with in the process.Shame on old fashioned liberals and pacifists who align with this group.They sound so loony that I didn't pay attention.Now I know better.
10 posted on 05/05/2003 12:09:13 PM PDT by MEG33
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To: yonif

11 posted on 05/05/2003 12:09:42 PM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: yonif
read later
12 posted on 05/05/2003 12:10:31 PM PDT by LiteKeeper
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To: yonif
bump
13 posted on 05/05/2003 12:15:16 PM PDT by Sam Cree (Democrats are herd animals)
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To: yonif
In the last days God sends a powerful delusion on the evil of mankind to keep them from repenting from evil and thereby being saved. That is the A.N.S.W.E.R.

To hear them accuse the Jews of racism and then justify their own racism with these false accusations goes to demonstrate that the institutes of "higher" learning do not teach them to think, they just tell them what to think...
14 posted on 05/05/2003 1:39:44 PM PDT by American in Israel (Right beats wrong)
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To: Shermy
"I'm interested in their funding of "anti-war" protests."

I suspect the amount of funding involved to support ANSWER and all of the other interlinked organizations is substantial. Somewhere, I saw an estimate of $200K for ANSWER to organize and conduct a protest. Multiplied by the number of protests that we have seen in the past 6 months, that's not chicken feed. Now that Saddam is gone, some of this money has probably dried up.
15 posted on 05/05/2003 1:43:45 PM PDT by Ben Hecks
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To: yonif
"ARE THEY FOR US OR AGAINST US?" (Updated Daily - Click Here.)

16 posted on 05/05/2003 1:57:39 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Ben Hecks
The cash cow that Soddomite represented for Ramsey Clark, Scott Ritter and AMSWER is gone. I'm sure that the murdering mullahs of Iran have picked up some of this funding and the Wahhabi Islamofacists in Saudi Land.

Soddomite has been a cash cow for the UN elite, France, Germany, Russian, many left wing politicians and probably most of the so called organized peace groups.
17 posted on 05/05/2003 2:21:18 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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To: yonif
All the great victories - unions, civil rights, Vietnam, women's and gay and lesbian rights - were thanks to non-mainstream folks.

These people are down right scary. The fact that they consider Vietnam a "victory" makes my blood boil. To them, thousands of dead American servicemen is a desirable outcome. My heart breaks for all who fought in Vietnam and died, or who came home to be treated like garbage by these freaks.

Please, tell every soilder,marine,sailer you see, "Thank you".

18 posted on 05/05/2003 2:23:50 PM PDT by Grenada
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To: yonif
Same old human greed and anti-Semitism. Hitler was elected on a platform eerily similar to ANSWER's....and Becker is parroting not only Lenin, but Nazi propaganda. Sounds a lot like Goebbels.

Why isn't this considered "hate speech"? He's lying, inciting hate and fear and mistrust - against his own country, while defending those who murder and oppress....in a public school??? You can't even hold after-school Bible reading in public schools. What do you do if a state becomes a threat to our national security? California elected officials all still swear an oath to uphold and defend the US Constitution, right?

19 posted on 05/05/2003 4:42:46 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl (It is heartbreaking what a vicious, Stalinist regime can do to a country. - Rummy re. Saddam's Iraq)
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To: yonif
VWWCC or VW2C2

Vast WorldWide Commie Conspiracy.. that crosses international boundaries with impunity. Call them what you will but the agents of A.N.S.W.E.R must be outed and confronted wherever they are found.

Thanks for the post!

20 posted on 05/05/2003 6:16:12 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi .. Support FRee Republic)
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To: Grampa Dave
Here's a previous thread on the subject of funding - ANSWER refuses to disclose their funding source:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/882882/posts

A lot of these organizations are tax exempt and many get money from various foundations - it would probably be a simple matter to move money from one organization to another.
21 posted on 05/05/2003 7:57:55 PM PDT by Ben Hecks
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To: yonif
guarded by schnorrers with Dixie cups

I love that line.

22 posted on 05/05/2003 7:58:17 PM PDT by Inyokern
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To: Ben Hecks
Thanks for recycling that article, I have bookmarked it.

It is apparent that many of these so called non profits are driven by the same hatred of President Bush.

As you noted monies can be give to a charity that we might not think of being connected to ANSWER or some of the better known radical organizations. Then that charity can give to ANSWER.

Hopefully, one day we will be able to follow the money from Iraq/Iran and the Wahhabis in Saudi Arabia to these various fronts and then to the outfits like ANSWER.

23 posted on 05/05/2003 8:10:18 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Free Republic, where leftist liars are exposed 24/7!)
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To: Grampa Dave
As you noted monies can be give to a charity that we might not think of being connected to ANSWER or some of the better known radical organizations. Then that charity can give to ANSWER.

That's right on the mark Grandpa. Many respectable sounding charities may in fact be a funding source for ANSWER, or any similar organization. There are several charities that sound ok on the surface that are supporters of the local peace movement.

Before you give any money to any charity it may be a good idea to ask who they are affiliated with and who they share resources with. Be especialy careful with organizations who focus on homeless and poverty issues. It's a shame because many of these organizations are already pressed for funds and may truely serve the needy. They may not be aware of the link they may have with ANSWER. If that is the case, sharing this info with them may bring them to consider who they are aligned with.

24 posted on 05/06/2003 6:25:47 AM PDT by gracie1 (visualize whirled peas)
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To: gracie1
The whole non profit mess could be changed with new laws once we get enough senators to break cloture.

We need a law passed by congress and signed by President Bush making it illegal for any non profit to donate to political campaigns, politicians or allow the politicians to use their facilities for political speeches.

Any none profit caught involved in political activities would lose its non profit status for years. Then its books must be turned over to the Justice Department for review. Criminal charges could be filed against the officers and the board if they laundered money or broke the law about no politics.

That would bring a halt to this charade that is done as you and I have noted in our replies on this thread.
25 posted on 05/06/2003 7:35:36 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Free Republic, where leftist liars are exposed 24/7!)
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